There is one match in the International League T20 on Monday as two more team reach the halfway mark of their ILT20 campaign when the Gulf Giants go up against the Sharjah Warriors at the Dubai International Stadium.
This has been a high scoring ground in recent days and both teams will be looking for two more points. That would send the Gulf Giants further clear at the top of the table should they get them while Sharjah would be right back in the mix if they get them.
If we go back to before a ball was bowled in this tournament the Gulf Giants were the outsiders of the six teams involved to win the event as far as the bookmakers were concerned. They have certainly not lived up to that billing as they have been brilliant so far and really look like they might be the team to beat in this competition. The Giants have played four matches in the tournament and won the lot and haven’t really been troubled in many of them.
The one issue with the Gulf Giants here is something I always flag up in these franchise tournaments in that they are having to back up a performance the day after. That is usually a big thing for me but when you are on a winning run like they are they might be able to ride the adrenalin and momentum that comes with it. The Giants bowling has been good enough in this tournament and all of their batters have delivered at different times this season so there is a lot to like about the Gulf outfit.
This wasn’t looking like a particularly favourable season for the Sharjah Warriors when they had lost their opening three matches and in truth hadn’t looked anything special in any of them. They showed what they can do in their most recent outing though and now the task at hand is to replicate that performance and make sure the standards they set in that outing are the ones they perform to from here on in. They’ll move into the top four with a win here which is a nice incentive.
Those three losses for the Warriors were to the MI Emirates and Desert Vipers sides so it might just be that the schedule was against them. Their batting really struggled in those outings and that proved to be costly. They functioned much better with the bat last time out and if they can find further form in that department they have the potential to be tough to beat because they have a bowling attack which can deliver.
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Chris Lynn has always had a reputation of only being able to play on good pitches and not being able to play spin all that well but he put both of those myths to bed with a brilliant innings on Sunday and will look to build on that here.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore has been the one bright spark for the Sharjah Warriors this season. He has 79 runs more than any of his teammates this season and produced a brilliant innings to win the last game for them. They will want another big knock from him here.
This has been a very high scoring ground in the last few matches and I see no reason why that can’t continue here with the batters that are on show. The boundaries have been absolutely peppered in the last couple of days here and when you think we have James Vince, Chris Lynn, Tom Banton, Shimron Hetmyer, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali and Mohammad Nabi among others we are not short of boundary hitters in this match.
There is a 25.5 fours market at a decent price for this match and I am happy to take the over on that line. I’ll take the fours rather than the sixes in case the likes of James Vince or Dawid Malan, big run scorers but not massive six hitters, get their scoring boots on here. Both these teams have hit a number of fours recently. Gulf Giants hit 19 fours here on Sunday against a very good Desert Vipers attack while Sharjah hit 17 of them in just 14.4 overs on this ground on Saturday. I think these two can combine for another 26 here.
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